Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club
Newsmail #419


WBCC Newsmail 419, Volume 9, August 21, 2004

Composed with help from members of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC),
and weekly published by: Martin Peeters,
Netherlands, Focal Point of the WBCC
Edited this week by Jack Hepler.

Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

Welcome into the World of Bi-metallics. I hope you enjoy reading the WBCC
Newsmail this week.

1.  A new WBCC Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point
  We have a new WBCC member. Let me introduce him to you:
  Name: Ben Chiew (WBCC member #347), Malaysia
  Age: 35
  Profession: Distribution Manager
  Hobby: Collecting Banknotes and Coins, World coins and tokens including
many Bi- and/or Tri-metallics
  Goal: To complete the world Bi-metallic coins
  Against: Fake personalities.
  How did I know about the WBCC: Google Search

Note:  Mr. Chiew is the first member from Malaysia.

2. New WBCC Jack Hepler, WBCC Development Center
Persons interested in becoming a member of the WBCC should send a message
to Martin Peeters, Netherlands, Focal Point of the WBCC,

3. WBCC at the ANA Ray Lockwood, WBCC ANA Conventions
Focal Point

The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) is present with their
own booth at the ANA's World's Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
USA held from August 18-22, 2004. If you want to more about the ANA,
please contact the WBCC Focal Point ANA Conventions: Ray Lockwood, USA,
I'm pleased to announce that the WBCC booth will be Number 11 and is very
near the front excellent location. The other news is that
we will be sharing the booth space with Central States Numismatic
Society. P.S click on the ANA website and navigate to the Pittsburgh
convention for a map  of
the bourse area you will see the WBCC booth location.

4. New Bi-metallic Le500 for Sierra Leone... by Paul Baker
Thanks to a link, on newsgroup rec.collecting.coins on 6th Aug 04, I got
to see a news report on the launch of new monies for Sierra Leone whilst
it was still rather new. The report I read on   gave
details of the launch of a new 10,000 Leones banknote and a new 500
Leones circulation coin for Sierra Leone. The launch had been on 4th Aug
2004 and coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Bank of Sierra Leone.
Further reports on the launch ceremony mentioned Le100 as well as Le500
coins, with the Le100 coins being detailed as commemorative coins for the
bank's 40th anniversary.
Eventually I found some clearer details on the new Le500 coin on the site
"The Republic of Sierra Leone State House Online" at . This page referred to the new Le500 coin
as "The new ten-sided bi-colour Le500 coin". I could see from internet
searching that the Bank of Sierra Leone had a website, but it just did
not work when I tried to access it in an attempt to find out even more
about the new seemingly bi-metallic Le500 coin and the Le100 coin. I
tried the website of the Bank of Sierra Leone (at ) about one week later and
it was working.  I found an image of the design of the Le500 coin and
"Metallic composition:  Nickel-plated steel and 4% Nickel-brass". So now
I know that the Le500 coin and the Le10, 000 banknote are new highest
denomination coin and banknote, respectively, for use in circulation in
Sierra Leone. The Le500 coin is what the WBCC classes as a ringed
bi-metallic, furthermore it is a regular decagon and minted by the
British Royal Mint who are amongst very few mints able to produce such
multi-sided ringed bi-metallics. The inner of the coin is
Nickel-plated-Steel, the ring is likely Cu76/Zn20/Ni4 (as this
composition is a Nickel-Brass that includes 4 per cent Nickel and is the
Nickel-Brass composition that the BRM uses for the ring of the British 2
Pounds coin. The Le500 coin has on its obverse, centrally, the portrait
of the former Kissy King "Kai Londo" with the inscription "KAI LONDO
1845-1896" above and "FIVE HUNDRED LEONES" below. The Le500 coin has on
its reverse, centrally, an image of State House with "REPUBLIC OF SIERRA
LEONE" above and "UNITY, FREEDOM JUSTICE" below. Coins and notes of
Le500, and I quote, "will continue to circulate side by side as legal
tender until such a time when the Le500 banknote will be gradually
withdrawn from circulation". (Kai Londo is one of the great people of
Sierra Leone's past, other such people appear on the 1996 series of Le10,
Le50 and Le100 coins, these can be seen with further information on my
page .) The new banknote was also
detailed further. 
In addition, TWO versions of Le100 coins would be issued - five-thousand
Bronze coins and ten-thousand Copper-Nickel coins, both having been
minted by the Pobjoy Mint, both to be available from commercial banks in
Sierra Leone at quite a premium over face value and both having the same
main design elements (a portrait of the president, the country's coat of
arms and the logo of the Bank of Sierra Leone).

5. Bi-metal of Kuala Antonio Barrena Mateo
It has no face value and it commemorates the first Kuala Lumpur
International Money Fair 2002.  The image of this item may be seen on the
WBCC Website at

6. The WBCC Bi-metallic Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
The design of the 2001 Bolivian Bi-metallic 5 Bolivianos includes a bird
image.  What species of bird is shown on this coin?
a. Condor.
b. Eagle.
c. Falcon.
d. Swan.
Please send your answer to me:
Note: The image of this coin may be seen on the WBCC Website at

Answer to Bi-metallic Quiz Game question #418.
The Russian Bi-metallic 10 Roubles series of 1992 includes designs of
animals. Which of the following animals is included in this series?
a. Mountain Goat.
b. Lion
c. Tiger
d. Bear
Answer to Question #417 is "c"; Tiger.
Summary of Quiz Game Question #417: 17 players.

7. WBCC Quiz Game Jack Hepler, USA
A Bi-metallic prize will be awarded to a member who correctly answers the
WBCC Quiz Game this week (#419). If more than one member gets the correct
answer, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner. The winner
of a Thai Bi-metallic coin Prize (WBCC Newsmail #417) is Michael
Ayrapetov (WBCC member #8).

8. New Bi- or Tri-metallic Rod Sell, WBCC Webmaster
The new Bi- and Tri-metallic images are shown at:
New listed are:
*Malaysia 46th Anniversary Medal 2003.
*WBCC encased World coins.
Central African States
Democratic Republic of Congo    
Mexican 100 peso Bi-metallics from Queretaro and Quintana Roo.

Martin says; "See you" next week,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club

The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC) was established September 14, 1996 and is the very first Worldwide Collectors Club using the Internet. Goal of the WBCC is exchange Bi-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Webmaster & Auction Provider, Rod Sell, Australia.
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands.
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson,USA.
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK.
WBCC Developement Centre: Jack Hepler, USA.
WBCC ANA Focal Point: Ray Lockwood, USA.
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands
WBCC Website
Bi-metallic Forum Page
The WBCC was sponsored at the Basel World Money Fair 2004, , by: Schuler Presses,
Germany, and The Portuguese Mint (INCM),


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